WA­TER­SIDE WAR RELIC FOUND

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The re­mains of a con­crete pill­box dat­ing from the Sec­ond World War have been un­cov­ered at Cow­ley on the banks of the Grand Union Canal. The Canal & River Trust dis­cov­ered the foun­da­tions of the hexag­o­nal struc­ture when ex­ca­vat­ing for a boaters’ rub­bish bin en­clo­sure. Around 18,000 of these struc­tures were built across Bri­tain in the 1940s, tak­ing ad­van­tage of wa­ter­ways and other ex­ist­ing fea­tures to form lines of de­fence in case of in­va­sion. This par­tic­u­lar one formed part of the ‘Outer London De­fence Ring’, and soldiers with ri­fles and ma­chine-guns would have used it to de­fend the cap­i­tal.

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